Glow Worms

Evening Rainforest & Glow Worm Tour


Evening Rainforest & Glow Worm Tour

As the sun sets, join our expert guides for a torchlit journey into the heart of the rainforest, revealing its nocturnal wonders. Encounter a symphony of night sounds, spot elusive wildlife, and be captivated by the beauty of Curtis Falls waterfall illuminated by moonlight.

The highlight? Witness the enchanting glow worms, turning the rainforest into a celestial masterpiece. Immerse yourself in the magic of the night, where every step unveils the secrets of this thriving ecosystem.

Book your nocturnal adventure and let the rainforest reveal its captivating mysteries after dark.


Glow Worms at Tamborine Mountain

Departure Time:

Your adventure begins at 6:15 pm every day


3.5 hours

Walking Distance:

Approx: 1.2 Kilometres

Walking Grade :

Grade 3

Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some walking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.

More information about the walking grades


Dessert at Mt Tamborine cafe, National Park fees, Expert tour guide, Glow Worms & Waterfalls viewing, In vehicle and guided walk commentary, A small group experience, Pick up/drop off at selected locations

Please note: No luggage/pram/stroller storage on the bus

Important Info:

Before setting out on your adventure, please visit our Know Before You Go page for important preparation tips. Also, review our Terms and Conditions to ensure you’re familiar with the guidelines that will help make your tour enjoyable and safe.

Mount Tamborine

22 million years ago the Mount Warning volcano erupted creating the green cauldron of the scenic rim. On the northern edge of the volcanic caldera, Tamborine Mountain was formed. Only a short 30 minute drive from the Gold Coast, Mount Tamborine is the perfect destination to start your journey exploring the green behind the gold. Highlights of the mountain include:

Tamborine Village

On the top of Tamborine Mountain you will find the locality of Tamborine. Part of the Scenic Rim, Tamborine village is home to approx 4000 residents who enjoy living the treechange lifestyle. Mt Tamborine is home to a variety of boutique accommodation including cabins, bed and breakfast, and local lodges all offering a hinterland escape and the country hospitality the mountain is famous for. Many of the locals own and operate their own businesses. A Mt Tamborine tour through the area will take you past restaurants and cafes, boutique distilleries, brewery and vineyards, artist studios,  cheese factory and even an organic skincare producer.

Gallery Walk

Lively scene at Gallery Walk, Mt Tamborine, with crowds wandering among A-frame store signs, parked vehicles, and lush trees lining the footpath
Tamborine Mountain Gallery Walk, on Long Road is where you will find over 60 stores offering a range of products, many of which are produced locally on the mountain. Stroll along and visit the artisan fudge and candy stores, locally made gifts and homewares, various fashion and clothing boutiques and crystal and jewellery manufacturers. You won’t go hungry or thirsty as the walk is abundant with laid back cafes and food outlets. There is something for everyone on the walk and it is an enjoyable way to spend an hour or two.

Tamborine Mountain National Park

QLD’s first national park

Majestic Giant Cedar tree trunk at Witches Falls, Mount Tamborine, standing tall amidst a dense surround of other trees, showcasing the forest's rich biodiversity

In 1908 the witches falls section of Tamborine National Park was declared Queensland’s first national park. Since then additional reserves have been added and today the national park covers an area of 11.6km2 across the Tamborine plateau and surrounding mountain foothills. At its peak, the park lies 560m above sea level and offers views across the Gold Coast and Pacific Ocean to the east and the valleys of the scenic rim to the west. Tamborine is the northern most remains of the Mount Warning volcanic eruption that occurred 23 million years ago. Due to this nature the land is characterised by basalt columns, rocky cliffs, and waterfalls. You can explore the national park on any of the nine walking trails available. Our Mt Tamborine morning tour includes an informative guided walk along one of these trails down to a sub tropical waterfall where you can immerse yourself in  the sights and sounds of nature.

Lush greenery of the Palm Grove section in Tamborine Mountain National Park, showcasing the dense and serene foliage of this tranquil area

Flora and Fauna:

Over 85% of all animal species and 65% of plant species found in the City of the Gold Coast  area can be found in the national park.

There are areas of sub tropical rainforest with its tall Piccabeen palm groves, wet eucalypt forest with flooded gums, open forest with grassy understory and woodland.

These distinct environments and vegetation provide habitat for a range of wildlife. Pademelons, bush turkeys and scrubwrens are commonly sighted in the national park. One of the worlds largest skinks, the land mullet, also calls the national park home. If you are lucky you may cross paths with the near threatened Albert’s lyrebird or Richmond birdwing butterfly on its seasonal migration to the park.

Curtis Falls

Frontal view of Curtis Falls at Mt Tamborine, showing the waterfall cascading over rocks into a pool below, surrounded by lush greenery

Curtis Falls is the english name for the area of the park traditionally known as Joalah. This local Aboriginal word means ‘haunt of the lyrebird’ and is named after the the loud calls of the male Alberts Lyrebird which can often be heard during winter. 

The walk through the eucalypt forest is enchanting. Look up to the towering flooded gums, crows nest and staghorn ferns that fill the canopy above. The trail meanders alongside the creek fringed by smaller palms and giant strangler figs. At the end of the trail, the foliage opens to reveal a breathtaking view of Curtis Falls streaming over the basalt gorge and into the shallow rock pool below. Take some time to look through the crystal clear waters where you may spot platypus, turtles, fish and eels swimming.

Glow Worms

Glow worms on a rock at night, their luminescence casting a serene glow in the surrounding darkness, highlighting the magic of natural light in the nocturnal world
Tamborine Mountain National Park is one of the few locations you can witness a glow worm colony in its natural environment. The rocky gorge alongside sub-tropical waterfall is the ideal habitat for the moisture loving glow worms and they have made this their home. Visitors to the rainforest at night have the opportunity to view the glow worms and the cascading waterfall under the light of the moon.

Stay Safe in the National Park

Whilst you are enjoying the natural beauty of the park it is important to do so with respect so we can protect its inhabitants. You can help conserve this natural wonder by remembering the following:

  • There are no bins in the park. All rubbish must be taken away with you. 
  • Do not feed the wildlife. 
  • No riding bikes in the park as it causes erosion and disturbs wildlife.
  • Take only memories. Do not take plants or animals out of the park. Best not to touch anything as it can be dangerous. 
  • Stay on track. For your safety and to minimise damage to plants do not veer off the designated walking trail. 
  • Enjoy the tranquility. Notice how you feel when you listen and connect with nature. Keep the noise down. 
  • No fires


Experience 90%
Transport 80%
Food 75%
Value for money 85%
siu wai Ngan
siu wai Ngan
March - 2024
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Chriss is a great tour guide. She knows a lot about rainforest and the history of Australia. We saw the Glow Worms, waterfall, other special animals and plants. They are really beautiful. Chriss told us the characteristics of them and showed us their habits. She always reminded us to be ware of all plants because some of them are toxic. Meanwhile, the cake served was delicious. It is a wonderful journey.
Daniel Kew
Daniel Kew
December - 2023
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It was a fantastic night out with Southern Cross tours. We were totally engaged with Sonya’s explanation on how the Gold Coast came about and all its interesting history as we made it up to the mountain. Our kids were very attentive to what Sonya had to say and were asking heaps of questions to which she answered knowingly. We enjoyed our cakes at the Manor and the highlight of the night was not only the glow worms but also the encounters with heaps of different animals along the way. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the night and highly recommend this tour.
Ellie Walker
Ellie Walker
October - 2023
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I had Daniel for the evening rainforest and glow worm tour - he was amazing! He was super friendly, very knowledgeable and made sure we all got to see the wildlife around us. We got to see a snake, spiders, glow worms and much more. He even showed us a lookout with some stunning views. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone! Thanks Daniel!

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